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Teaching International Students in Vocational Education
New pedagogical approaches
Author(s): Ly Thi Tran
Publisher: ACER Press 2013
Foreword by Gavin Moodie
Teaching International Students in Vocational Education: New pedagogical approaches is designed to support vocational education teachers in both addressing the distinctive learning characteristics of international students and preparing domestic students for global skills mobility in the ‘Asian Century’.
Well-grounded in theories about teaching and learning in vocational and international education, and supported by empirical data drawn from interviews with teachers and program managers, the book expounds several evidence-based, highly effective, pedagogical approaches within the context of competency-based training. These include:
- the intercultural approach
- the Ubuntu approach
- the language and vocational learning integration approach
- the perspective transformation approach
- the value-added approach
- work-based learning
- flexible and divergent pedagogy.
These approaches focus on developing the learner’s ability to consider the broader issues in an intercultural context, to capitalise on prior experience and to adapt vocational skills to workplace settings transnationally. The underpinning theory is brought to life with real-world exemplars, ‘Implications for Practice’, quotes and insights from teachers, as well as reflective questions throughout the book.
Teaching International Students in Vocational Education offers effective approaches to teaching and learning that will benefit not only international students, but also domestic students who gain from the enriched learning environment in which diverse cultural knowledge, skills and attributes are shared.
About the author
Dr Ly Thi Tran is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education, Deakin University. Her research involves intercultural teaching and learning. She is working on an ARC-funded Discovery Project, addressing the learning experiences of international students and the internationalisation of vocational education and training. This book was written while she was working at RMIT University.